MANHASSET, N.Y. Qualcomm Inc. announced Thursday (May 5) it would support the Linux operating system on its Mobile Station Modem MSM6550 chip sets.
Qualcomm (San Diego), expects the initiative to give handset makers additional design and development efficiencies for 3G smartphones and other mobile handsets. Integrating Linux support into the chip sets eliminates the need for a separate coprocessor and lowers design costs and complexity compared to multiple-chip implementations now required for a third-party operating system.
The MSM6550 chip set includes the Brew solution, supporting preloaded features including user interfaces, and enabling OEMs and operators to offer content and application downloads to deliver differentiated features and services to consumers. Other chips in the Enhanced Multimedia Platform, including UMTS, HSDPA, and CDMA2000 1x EV-DO Rev. A, are also planned to support Linux.